Ken Rutkowski is the Co-Founder of the #1 business radio talk show in America, the nationally syndicated “Business Rockstars”, heard on over 185 radio stations nationwide, reaching 3.5 Million daily listeners.
Considered the first of it’s kind, the program gained rapid growth of listeners and sponsors, becoming the place for entrepreneurs and “wantra-preneurs” to talk about all things Business. In 1995 Ken created the podcast when he worked with Mark Cuban and his groundbreaking internet radio format. Today, Ken is the host and creator of the new syndicated show “Voice of Disruption”.
Ken is the connective tissue within the business landscape. He is a master at taking great ideas and turn them into multi-million dollar businesses. Among other things, Ken teaches entrepreneurs the secrets of how to attain real positioning for their business on radio, TV, and print. Ken’s broad range of knowledge across many industries, coming from having interviewed thousands of the top Executives, CEOs, and Changemakers on the planet, as well as investing in many successful businesses himself, enables him to customize presentations for each audience with specific insider research, technology and industry trends that bring them real-time ROI and actionables that they can immediately take with them into their business. He also shows businesses what customers want, need, and are asking for today, and most importantly how to connect with and engage prospective and existing customers.
It’s hard to predict the future, especially if you’re still struggling to figure out what’s happening in today’s business landscape. But this is exactly what Ken does by showing what business will bring within the next six months to ten years. Using rich statistical data coupled with insight from his interviews, Ken brings the future of the business world into today’s grasp. Knowing what “will be” gives any executive an extra edge up on their competitors, banking on opportunities to capitalize on what generally is hidden from the masses.
Ken the dealmaker has brought together billions of US dollars in deals. Working with fortune 100 companies, top entertainment studios and governments, Ken’s inherent talent of bridging opportunity together is part of his DNA makeup. He has collaborated with, grown, enhanced, sat on the board, and consulted with companies including the likes of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, SurfAir, Motorola, AT&T, Telstra, Singtel, SBS, Dish Network/ Echostar, and many more.. Ken has also collaborated, consulted, and partnered with various governments including Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Panama.
Ken is considered one of the most connected individuals in the world. He is ranked in the top 1% of Facebook & Linkedin, and has millions listeners globally from social and from the “Business Rockstars” show.
As a thought leader, networker and influencer across multiple industries, Ken has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, Business Week, Asahi Shinbun, Bangkok Times, Finland Helsingin Sanomat, and dozens of other publications worldwide.
He has been a featured presenter, speaker and moderator at technology and media conferences including Milken Institute Global Conference, The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), CTIA, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), Digital Hollywood, Internet World, LA Games Conference, XMediaLab, GadgetFest, and Future of Television Conference. He has also spoken at the many of the most prestigious U.S. universities including Northwestern, Illinois, MIT, Stanford, USC, and UCLA, preparing the brightest minds for brilliant careers.
Concurrent Education Speakers
MCKENZIE KAUFELD COUNTS
McKenzie Kaufeld Counts was joined Wildly Different shortly after earning her BS in Event Management at the Rosen College of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida.
As the Manager of Making it Happen, she has an extensive background in event operations with a focus on gamification and interactive, branded engagement.
As the former Director of Education for the MPI Orlando Chapter, Mac’s enthusiasm and passion for this industry have proved to be contagious. A fresh-faced dynamo, Mac has been featured in BizBash, and spoke at the 2016 FUSE Roadshow in Orlando as well as CIC's CMP Conclave 2016 in Baltimore.
DR. EDWARD DRAMBERGER
Dr. Dramberger is Program Director & Professor in Hospitality Management at Keiser University in Jacksonville, Florida.
He is also Principal of Destination Dr. Consulting; an International Marketing Tourism Consulting & Educational Training organization based in New York. As a speaker, author, trainer and consultant; Destination Dr. facilitates sales/marketing training and consults with Hotel companies, DMO’S, CVB’s, Tour operators and Countries Tourism boards. His research consists of the “buying-seller” relationship within the MICE and Tourism industry. He has developed a proven results oriented selling model “Compass Selling®” within the convention/meeting/tourism sector. His research and training seminars are vital for all sales and marketing professionals, aimed at increasing Destination brand awareness, market share and expanding overall tourism revenue by 25% guaranteed. He partners with global Universities offering strategic course curriculum and developed an International Hospitality/Tourism Training Institute.
Ed has 35 years of senior level work and teaching experience within the hospitality and tourism field. His senior level sales & marketing work experience includes, Hotels, MICE, Tour Companies’ Tourism Boards, DMO’s and CVB’s. His teaching and speaking experience includes Colleges and Universities in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia and the Middle East. He has travelled, lived and worked within the 6 Continents / 194 Countries; in search of the next Destination. He is publishing a book entitled “Destination Diaries” in 2017, which focuses on his unique travel experiences from around the world.
Ed holds a Doctorate in International Marketing & Tourism, Masters of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management, MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Hotel Management.
Sandi Galloway, CPECP is a Hospitality Industry veteran with extensive knowledge of etiquette, protocol and travel safety.
She spent the first 20 years of her career traveling the world with international airlines including Pan Am and British Airways. Her experience in passenger service and in-flight services has given her first-hand knowledge of safety issues in the air and at the airport.
She joined the Canadian Tourism Commission in 1992 as Director of Meetings and Conventions - Southern USA. While there, she earned her Certified Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Professional designation from the Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy in Dallas, Texas. She retired in 2015 to start her own company, Sandi Galloway & Associates. Her company specializes in training the hospitality industry in etiquette and travel safety.
A 25 year member of MPI, she is the recipient of Meeting Professionals International – DFW Chapter: 2010 Supplier of the Year, 2012 Committee of the Year Chair, 2014 Award of Excellence – Strategic Partnerships and was the Canadian American Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business Women of the Year.
Sandi’s mission is to help you avoid ‘bad things’ when you travel.
Lisa Jennings is passionate about delivering interactive events because, as is summed up in Leo Buscaglia's quote, “It is paradoxical that many still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”
She has delivered this message at numerous conferences and has been featured in many industry publications.
She is now the owner and Chief Experience Officer for Wildly Different, which delivers unique interactive events. She works with Fortune 500 clients to deliver networking and team building experiences. In addition, she works hand-in-glove with major entertainment companies to provide events for their clients including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal, Atlantis and cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney and Norwegian.
Lori Kleiman has more than 25 years of experience advising companies on HR issues.
She has deep experience working in family business, creating an entrepreneurial venture and running a division of a fortune 1000 organization. Lori founded a boutique HR consulting firm acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 2007. Lori continued with Gallagher to lead the HR consulting practice until 2013, until she left for her next venture, HR Topics. HR topics bring HR to small business in a way that is relevant, actionable and manageable. Lori has a master’s degree in human resources, is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified and a member of the National Speakers Association.
David H. Lau is currently a Senior Instructor within the Department of Homeland Security and specializes in counterterrorism topics: physical security, critical infrastructure security, terrorism, surviving hostage situations, and mindset training.
David has performed duties as a liaison and advisor to foreign law enforcement and military organizations. Most recently, he was the Deputy Team Chief of an Advisor mission to Afghan National Security Forces (2011-2012). David lived in the Faryab Province of Afghanistan for eight consecutive months, performing counterinsurgency missions alongside our Afghan partners.
David was also a Federal Air Marshal for over fourteen years and served as an International Missions Team Leader. He coordinated with numerous law enforcement agencies of foreign nations in order to facilitate the movement of his teams and their gear through foreign countries. David has a baccalaureate degree in International Affairs (Cum Laude) from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
David is passionate about giving back to the veteran community and serves as the Georgia chapter president for a non-profit organization that helps combat wounded veterans rediscover camaraderie and healing through water sports. David can be contacted at Kahuna45@gmail.com.
With over 20 years of planning experience, Tara Liaschenko is an award-winning professional who has earned an impeccable reputation for creativity and excellence in the event and meeting planning industry.
She is the recent recipient of the 2015 MPI Global RISE Award for Member of the Year. She is the Founder and Creative Executive Officer of The Link Event Professionals, Inc., a global company based in Tampa, Florida dedicated to planning services covering all aspects of meetings and events.
With strong community commitment, long-standing relationships with ethical and reliable vendors, and adept knowledge of production, Ms. Liaschenko is at the forefront of her industry consistently delivering her clients successful meetings and events.
Melissa Milione, CMP, CPCE, is Corporate Director of Events for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
She supports all of the professionals who sell and coordinate catering and conference services for all of Hyatt’s full service hotels in the Americas. In addition, she is responsible for developing and executing all training for the division, delivering innovative technology to support events and developing talent for the hotels. She leads Hyatt’s National Event Planning team. A graduate of Virginia Tech’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program, Melissa has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in all areas of F&B management, hotel sales and convention services. As a Director of Catering her teams have twice been named Catering/CS team of the Year for Hyatt Hotels and she was named Director of Catering/CS of the Year for large hotels in 2008.
BYRON G. SABOL
Byron G. Sabol is an international speaker, consultant and author of Taming The Best: Success With Difficult People.
He has presented to audiences in three continents and serviced clients in 12 countries. Byron and his staff pioneered business generation, personal communications, and client service methodologies currently utilized by professional service firms in the US, the UK, and Europe. His clients include some of the most successful and prestigious professional service firms in the United States, UK, and Europe.
He has a bachelor's degree in Marketing and an MBA in Management with Honors. He has been a part-time faculty member at five universities in California and Florida. His numerous articles on marketing, client service, communications, and international business development are published in journals in the US and Abroad.
Lauralee Shapiro’s career began in restaurant management at Toronto International Airport.
This was followed by a transition to sales and operations with a DMC in San Juan, PR. In 1999 she moved into hotel sales, selling for Starwood Hotels in Puerto Rico and Orlando, Melia Hotels in Puerto Rico and IHG in Orlando. Drawing on her knowledge and experience from these years in hotel convention sales, she made the move to becoming a planner. Lauralee first joined ConferenceDirect in 2007, focusing on hotel site selection and contract negotiations. She helps her customers secure contracts that offer great value, meaningful concessions and reduced liability.
Lauralee graduated in 1989 from Seneca College in Toronto Canada where she studied Tourism Industry Administration. She also received a certificate in Meeting & Event Planning from the University of South Florida. In 2011, she earned her CMP designation. She currently lives in Orlando Florida with her two sons, Josh and Jesse.
Lauralee Shapiro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-405-0138. Connect on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraleeshapiro or follow her on Twitter - @hospitalitypro2
Jan Horton Spence is an international speaker, consultant, trainer and business coach.
With contagious charisma and a zest for life which make her an excellent motivator and leader, the Georgia native has used her vast knowledge in sales, marketing, communications, finances and business operations to help numerous clients including Pillsbury, Walmart, and Frito-Lay.
After launching the second FiltaFry franchise in the US in 2003 Jan and her husband, Mitch, were awarded the “2005 Franchisee of the Year” by the International Franchise Association. Meeting their four-year plan, they sold the business in 2007 at 300% ROI.
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